Saturday October 23, 2021

Day of the Dead Workshop: Nichos & Calaveras

- Free and open to the public!

Celebrate el Día de los Muertos with the Arts Council of Princeton! Join us for free outdoor workshops to learn about this culturally rich holiday and the traditional folk arts associated with Day of the Dead.


A nicho box, or simply ‘nicho’, is a three-dimensional box used as a small, portable shrine to an important figure or loved one. Create your own contemporary Día de los Muertos nicho using whimsical accents, collage, paint, glitter, and other embellishments. Participants are encouraged to make the nicho their own by bringing old photos, trinkets, or artwork along with them. 


Jose Guadalupe Posada was a Mexican lithographer who created Mexico’s most famous calavera, La Calavera Catrina, for posters, prints and other images. Catrina has become a beloved figure and iconic symbol of Day of the Dead. Learn the history behind skulls and skeletons as a representative image for Day of the Dead and embellish not only your own Catrina, but additional skeleton and skull projects.


Not only will you learn a new folk art craft, but you’ll be invited to display your work in our Day of the Dead Exhibition in our Sands Lobby Gallery from November 6-20!


Ages 7+. Workshops will be led by Veronica Olivares Weber and ACP Artistic Director Maria Evans. 


Workshop is full. Registration is closed.


El Día de los Muertos is observed in Mexico and throughout the world this time of year, where family and friends gather to remember and honor those who have died. Traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars using sugar skulls, marigolds, and favorite foods of the deceased to celebrate their lives!

Additional Day of the Dead workshops:

  • October 9 — Mexican Tin Art
  • October 16 — Papel Picado & Paper Flowers
  • October 30 — Day of the Dead Workshop Sampler with Child & Caregiver

This series is generously supported by the Princeton University Program in Latin American Studies, the Global History Lab of Princeton University, Princeton University Department of Spanish and Portuguese, and Tacoria. Special thanks to community partner Cherry Grove Organic CSA.

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